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We are all capable of "hearing" shapes and sizes and perhaps even "tasting" sounds, according to researchers. This blending of sensory experiences, or synaesthesia, they say, influences our perception and helps us make sense of a jumble of simultaneous sensations...

2009-05-28

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A fun way to use machine translation services is to start with a text, translate it in a different language and then translate the result in the original language. Translation Party extends this idea by repeating the translation until the text is no longer modified. The service uses Google Translate's API and it translates English texts into Japanese and then back in English...

2009-08-07

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The Semantic Web is an evolving development of the World Wide Web in which the meaning (semantics) of information and services on the web is defined, making it possible for the web to "understand" and satisfy the requests of people and machines to use the web content. It derives from World Wide Web Consortium director Sir Tim Berners-Lee's vision of the Web as a universal medium for data, information, and knowledge exchange...
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However, recent advances in our understanding of evolution are revealing a bigger picture that can, by itself, give meaning to life. This new worldview locates humanity within a much larger evolutionary process that appears to offer us a meaningful role to play. This new understanding of evolution is founded on the recognition that evolution is headed somewhere – it has a trajectory. In particular, evolution on Earth has repeatedly...

2010-03-05

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All we can ever know are the guesses or interpretations our mind creates about what is going on. To create these guesses, we can only draw on basic human neuroanatomy and on our past experience. Since no two people ever have exactly the same neuroanatomy or experience, no two people ever interpret anything in exactly the same way. This is frightening. It means that each of us lives alone, in our own world of meaning.

2010-06-21

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Looks like a stream of free associations turned into a little movie. Beautiful! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQrGBZDGjl4
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Prime numbers had been objects of fascination, for both mathematicians and artists, since the time of Euclid. This article explores the links between prime numbers and poetry. We start with a selection of poems celebrating the mathematical properties of these enigmatic and unpredictable integers and their impact on those who explore them. We then turn our attention to poetry reflecting cultural aspects associated with prime numbers, from...
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